© Geoff’s Rail Diaries 2011
Last year, to celebrate its 21st anniversary, the good folk at
Horsehay hired in a visiting loco - pannier tank 6430 from
Llangollen. Fired by the success of that event, a repeat "star
attraction" this year would be the rather fine Beattie well
tank 30587. I'd met its sister 30585 (running as E0314) at
Quainton Road nearly 30 years ago - but had
never seen this one. The pair need little
introduction - remarkable survivors of a class
dating from the 1870s, three lived on to the
early 1960s on the Wenford Bridge branch in
Cornwall, by virtue of their short
wheelbase and low axle loading.
30587 last worked for BR in the early
1960s. As part of the national collection (it's the
property of the NRM) it spent some time stored at
Preston Park. Later, it moved to the Dart Valley for
static display. And then, about four years ago, it went
to the Flour Mill works in the Forest of Dean, where it
was finally restored to working order - since when, the
grass has definitely not grown under its wheels...
This being the "Steam Gala", there were other things
going on. Rocket, the resident Peckett, was in action,
along with ("Steam" did we say?) the Leyland railbus,
and possibly other things. I concentrated on the visitor.
Telford Steam Railway
...a selection of clips. At first double headed with
Rocket (interesting exhaust sounds!), then on its
own, 30587 is seen in action on the steep gradient
out of Horsehay and Dawley station.